All walks (except where noted otherwise) meet in Biggar, in front of the Corn Exchange (on the High Street, opposite the Elphinstone Hotel). If anyone wishes to meet the walk at the actual start point they should contact the walks leader in advance. It is suggested that all walkers sharing vehicles make a voluntary payment to the driver of 10p per mile in each direction to cover a contribution to fuel costs etc.; drivers are requested to accept these contributions.
Programme suggestions and volunteers as leaders are always welcome. Please contact any committee member.
As with any outdoor activity there are inherent risks associated with walking whether on gentle paths or on hill tops. All walkers are responsible for their own safety and are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure their own and fellow walkers' safety whilst on a walk.
If you have an accident or incident please let the walks secretary know.
Prospective walkers should consider the grading and length of a walk they plan to join. We walk at a fairly brisk pace (except SLOW walks), but often stop for a rest and to admire the views. The walks leader may nominate front and back markers if necessary, those walking should walk between these two markers where possible, where not possible they should inform the relevant marker.
Walkers are reminded that appropriate walking clothing (boots, waterproofs, etc) are strongly advised for all walks but are essential for all SC+/ SB/ SB+ walks. Walkers should ensure they have sufficient food and water for all walks, particularly day walks - bring a packed lunch unless otherwise advised.
In the event that a walker needs to leave a walk they must inform the walks leader prior to leaving the walk.
Regrettably dogs are not permitted on any organised ramble, with the exception of guide dogs.
The walks leader may change a walk because of adverse conditions. The leader may also turn away anyone if they do not believe they are fit enough or well enough equipped for the walk.
Walkers should ensure they are fit enough for the planned walk. In addition walkers are advised to carry a first aid kit and a survival blanket - both easily available at outdoor shops. No walker under the age of 18 will be allowed to participate without an accompanying responsible adult.
You'll soon pick up all the information and tips you need from the others in the group.
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Notes for Walk Leaders
Leaders should ensure they have the necessary navigational tools for the planned route and any escape routes (e.g. map, compass, and whistle). Walks leaders are requested to file a written walk report (approx. 200 words) with the Press Secretary by phone, letter, or preferably by email. The committee (and members) are grateful to all walks leaders for their time and the effort required to plan and lead all walks.
Walk Attendance and Expenses Forms
THE COUNTRYSIDE CODE
The Land Reform Act 2003 gives us open access to all Scotland’s countryside, mountains and coast (with a few exceptions) and in return we strictly observe the Countryside Code:
It’s common sense really.